L’affaire Ravel

Maurice Ravel (1925)

For five consecutive years (1900–1905) Ravel tried and failed to win the prestigious Prix de Rome. In 1905 the matter became a matter of public scandal and led to the resignation of the, then, principal of the Conservatoire, Théodore Dubois, and his replacement by Gabriel Fauré.

Ravel’s operatic output consists of two one-act works: L’heure espagnole (Spanish time) and the brilliantly inventive L’enfant et les sortilège (The child and the spells).

Ravel: L’enfant et les sortilèges (The child and the spells)
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This is the last week of term, so can I remind you that:

  • We have a lunch in PA’s on Tuesday, 20th (12.30 for1.00pm)
  • You have an opportunity (which I encourage you to take!) to help decide next year’s syllabus. (Click here to exercise your franchise)
  • Next term (based around Verdi’s Falstaff) starts at 2.30pm on Wednesday 25th April. The venue , as previously,  will be the Community Hall in Hazel Court.

Eduard von Grützner: Falstaff

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